Macrium Reflect no longer free?

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  1. Posts : 199
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (now looking at Linux Mint!)
       #1

    Macrium Reflect no longer free?


    I've just installed Macrium Reflect 7.1.3169 (yes, I know that the latest version is 8.0.6635 but my machine won't run that).

    Only options I get when installing are 30-day trial or input the (presumably paid-for) license key.

    Does that mean that Macrium Reflect is no longer free for personal use?

    Zaph
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  2. Posts : 161
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bits
       #2

    You must have downloaded the trial for a paid version.

    Reflect Free is still free.

    Macrium

    • Reflect Free
    • Reflect Home
    • Workstation

    Macrium Reflect no longer free?-2022-04-02-14_06_24-macrium-software-_-reflect-free-edition-mozilla-firefox.jpg


    Why do you say it doesn't work on your computer?


    Macrium Reflect 8.0 System Requirements

    PC and Windows

    In order to run Macrium Reflect, you must have a system that has the following minimum system requirements:

    • At least 512MB RAM (1GB min recommended)
    • Windows XP Service Pack 3 or Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 or later
    • A keyboard and mouse

    To use the rescue media, you will need either a CD/DVD writing drive or a USB drive.

    Supported File Systems

    Imaging clusters in use and changed clusters (intelligent copy) is supported by FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, exFAT, ReFS (on server editions), and Ext 2,3,4 file systems. All other file systems and unformatted partitions will be imaged on a sector by sector basis, i.e, every sector in the partition will be copied.
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  3. Posts : 199
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (now looking at Linux Mint!)
    Thread Starter
       #3

    MisterEd said:
    You must have downloaded the trial for a paid version.

    Reflect Free is still free.

    Macrium

    • Reflect Free
    • Reflect Home
    • Workstation

    Macrium Reflect no longer free?-2022-04-02-14_06_24-macrium-software-_-reflect-free-edition-mozilla-firefox.jpg


    Why do you say it doesn't work on your computer?
    It doesn't because the installation says it needs SHA-2 code sign support but both Microsoft patches for Windows 7 for SHA=2 (KB4474419 and KB4490628) say that they are not applicable to my computer!

    I tried an earlier version of Macrium - and that worked, however I couldn't see the free version!

    Zaph
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  4. Posts : 363
    Windows 7/8.1/10 multiboot
       #4

    ZaphodB said:
    It doesn't because the installation says it needs SHA-2 code sign support but both Microsoft patches for Windows 7 for SHA=2 (KB4474419 and KB4490628) say that they are not applicable to my computer!
    Are you sure your updates are the correct bittedness? There are 32- and 64-bit versions, and IMHE they install successfully on Win 7 when using the correct version. The only issue I've ever run into was on a newer computer with an "unsupported" CPU, but the SHA-2 updates installed fine once I applied the wufuc patch to get around the CPU issue.


    I tried an earlier version of Macrium - and that worked, however I couldn't see the free version!
    Personally, I prefer ver. 7 instead of 8 anyway, so I'll note that you can still find ver. 7.3 here. These are the free, 64-bit versions only.

    (Warning: the links to 7.2 and 7.1 do not work. They link only to macrium's live download agent, which does not download the older versions. FTR, note ver. 7.1 has a known bug with Win 10, so if you want to reserve the option of using ver. 7 with Win 10/11 in the future, you should grab the ver. 7.3 installer while you still can.)
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  5. Posts : 199
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (now looking at Linux Mint!)
    Thread Starter
       #5

    dg1261 said:
    Are you sure your updates are the correct bittedness? There are 32- and 64-bit versions, and IMHE they install successfully on Win 7 when using the correct version. The only issue I've ever run into was on a newer computer with an "unsupported" CPU, but the SHA-2 updates installed fine once I applied the wufuc patch to get around the CPU issue.
    Hi, thanks for the input dg.

    Yes - correct version of Win 7 (x64) and not the server versions either. Having said that, is is worth checking that I * have * actually installed the 64-bit version!!

    You've sown a seed of doubt there for sure.

    I'm pretty sure that a Core-2 Duo E6600 would be supported. Would overclocking screw things up any as the specs say 2.4GHz yet mine is running at 3.06GHz? Resolved. I have a Dual Core E6600 and not the Core 2 Duo E6600 (why, Intel, why give diffrerent processors the same ID No.?)

    Personally, I prefer ver. 7 instead of 8 anyway, so I'll note that you can still find ver. 7.3 here. These are the free, 64-bit versions only.

    (Warning: the links to 7.2 and 7.1 do not work. They link only to Macrium's live download agent, which does not download the older versions. FTR, note ver. 7.1 has a known bug with Win 10, so if you want to reserve the option of using ver. 7 with Win 10/11 in the future, you should grab the ver. 7.3 installer while you still can.)
    Thanks, I'll look at and seek to replace the 7.1.3169 with a version 7.3.

    Kind regards,

    Zaph

    BTW Anyone else having issue with bold highlighting not working as it should on the forum? Now seems to be working properly again! Technology eh?
    Last edited by ZaphodB; 06 Apr 2022 at 05:52.
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  6. Posts : 539
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       #6

    ZaphodB said:
    Only options I get when installing are 30-day trial or input the (presumably paid-for) license key.

    Does that mean that Macrium Reflect is no longer free for personal use?

    As others have said, Reflect Free is still available. But there's no problem if you installed the 30-day trial instead. At the end of the trial it prompts you to purchase, and if you decline it will just revert to the Free version.
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  7. Posts : 199
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (now looking at Linux Mint!)
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Bree said:
    As others have said, Reflect Free is still available. But there's no problem if you installed the 30-day trial instead. At the end of the trial it prompts you to purchase, and if you decline it will just revert to the Free version.
    Thanks Bree,

    I seem to remember that now that you mention it.

    I still think I’ll update to 7.3 however. Do I need to uninstall the trial first or does the install automatically delete/overwrite the existing install?

    Zaph
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  8. Posts : 363
    Windows 7/8.1/10 multiboot
       #8

    dg1261 said:
    Are you sure your updates are the correct bittedness? There are 32- and 64-bit versions, and IMHE they install successfully on Win 7 when using the correct version.
    ZaphodB said:
    Yes - correct version of Win 7 (x64) and not the server versions either. Having said that, is is worth checking that I *have* actually installed the 64-bit version!!
    32-bit vs. 64-bit Windows doesn't matter. I meant the bittedness of the update patch must match the bittedness of your Windows installation. Note there are 32-bit (aka, x86) and 64-bit versions of both KB4474419 and KB4490628, so you need to pick the correct ones:

    Code:
    windows6.1-kb4474419-v3-x64_b5614c6cea5cb4e198717789633dca16308ef79c.msu
    windows6.1-kb4474419-v3-x86_0f687d50402790f340087c576886501b3223bec6.msu
    windows6.1-kb4490628-x64_d3de52d6987f7c8bdc2c015dca69eac96047c76e.msu
    windows6.1-kb4490628-x86_3cdb3df55b9cd7ef7fcb24fc4e237ea287ad0992.msu

    You can verify your Windows installation by checking Computer Properties:
    Macrium Reflect no longer free?-1.png

    You can verify what patches are already installed by opening a command-prompt window and cutting and pasting the following command:
    C:\Windows\System32\wbem\wmic qfe list brief /format:htable >%temp%\u.html & %temp%\u.html

    Press Enter and look for the two KBs in the list:
    Macrium Reflect no longer free?-2.png

    If you don't have them, visit the Windows Update Catalog and search for them by KB number. From the search results list select the one consistent with your OS version. Do the same for both KB numbers, as the SHA2 update consists of both patches. (If you use Bitlocker, there's also a third, KB3133977, that will be needed.)

    The SHA2 updates shouldn't be needed for Macrium 7.x versions, but there's also no harm in applying them to avoid potential incompatibilities arising in something else in the future.
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  9. Posts : 539
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       #9

    ZaphodB said:
    I still think I’ll update to 7.3 however. Do I need to uninstall the trial first or does the install automatically delete/overwrite the existing install?
    It should make no difference as this will count as an upgrade. But it would do no harm to do so. If you uninstall there should be an option to leave all your settings in place, so any settings and backup definitions you may have set up will be retained for the new install.
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  10. Posts : 199
    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (now looking at Linux Mint!)
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Hi dg

    Thanks for the reply.

    My Windows 7 type is 64-bit

    Macrium Reflect no longer free?-windows-7-version.jpg

    I've gone to the Windows Update Catalogue site for the first of these patches - KB4474419 and clicking on either patch 1 or patch 2(shown below) and looking at the details, it says that they are applicable AMD64 systems.

    Macrium Reflect no longer free?-windows-update-catalogue-kb4474419.jpg

    Macrium Reflect no longer free?-kb4474419-update-details.jpg

    As mine is an Intel Core-2 Duo E6600 (see system picture above) it is no wonder I get the following error message when I try to apply either patch.

    Macrium Reflect no longer free?-kb4474419-ms.jpg

    As there doesn't seem to be a patch for Intel architecture, I'm rather stuffed!

    Zaph
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